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Fabrication Lab Manager

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Position Information

General Information

Position Number 004055
Vacancy Open to All Candidates
Working Title Fabrication Lab Manager
Position Designation EHRA Non-Faculty
Employment Type Permanent - Full-time
Months per Year 12
Work Schedule

Monday-Friday, 8-5

Hours per week 40
FLSA Status Exempt
Division Academic Affairs
Department Col of Arts & Architecture (Col)
Work Location Storrs
Salary Range
Primary Purpose of Department

The School of Architecture is devoted to engaging students in an energetic study of how architecture and design affects – and stimulates – our everyday life. The School of Architecture is recognized for the outstanding quality of our faculty and students, our commitment to outreach and community involvement, and the quality and extent of resources offered through our labs, classrooms and studios.

Primary Purpose of Position

The School of Architecture is seeking applications for a full-time Fabrication Lab Manager to oversee the day-to-day operations of its 5,000sf. Fabrication Lab (FabLab). Included are three distinct fabrication areas: wood lab, metal lab and digital lab. Each support both students and faculty in the critical exploration of material research and fabrication. Over a period of thirty-five years, FabLab has become an integral component of the mission of the College of Arts and Architecture (CoAA).

The FabLab is equipped with various hand tools and stationary machinery as well as state-of-the-art CNC machines, including a CNC plasma cutter, four laser cutters, a 3-axis CNC router, three 3D printers and a KUKA KR-60 robotic arm. This assemblage of tooling is coordinated together in support of the SoA’s vision for integrated fabrication methods that allow for a range of building scales, machine techniques and material knowledge.

Summary of Position Responsibilities

The Fabrication Lab Manager works under the direct supervision of the Director of Fabrication Laboratories for the CoAA. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Supervising student employees; Maintaining and repairing equipment in the FabLab; Implementing best safety practices and ensuring a safe environment for all users; Supporting project-based requests from students and faculty.

The Fabrication Lab Manager will oversee development of FabLab safety training and fabrication workshops to ensure that all safety practices align with the policies of the School of Architecture. This position will also be responsible for monitoring inventory and notifying the Director when the purchase of supplies are needed (parts, materials, tool maintenance, new equipment, etc). Additional requests for assistance with social media outreach and our on-line web presence should be expected.

Minimum Education/Experience

A Masters degree in Architecture or Industrial design, or a Bachelor’s Degree with equivalent experience.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills and Experience

A graduate degree in architectural or industrial design as well as one year of experience working with faculty, staff and students on design and fabrication is preferred. Strong organizational and communication skills coupled with a willingness to learn, explore and advance the College’s innovative fabrication capabilities.

Necessary Certifications/Licenses


Preferred Certifications/Licenses


Special Notes to Applicants

The finalist will be subject to a criminal background check.

Posting Open Date 08/21/2017
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Proposed Hire Date 01/01/2018
If time-limited please indicate appointment end date
Contact Information

Posting Specific Questions

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  1. How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
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    • Other
  2. Where did you learn about this posting?

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter / Letter of Interest
  3. Contact Information for References
  4. Abridged Portfolio
Optional Documents
  1. Statement of Research, Teaching & Leadership
  2. Research Interest Statement